By Mark Nobes, chief editor

Released on 27th May 1983, "Baby Jane" was the first single to be released from the album Body Wishes, and was also Rod Stewart's only #1 of the 1980's in the UK - his previous number one was Do Ya Think I'm Sexy in 1978.

The song peaked at #14 in the U.S., but this was his sixth #1 single overall in the UK and was written by Rod himself, with the help of his bass guitarist Jay Davis. Rod also helped produce the track, alongside George Cutko, Jum Cregan and Tom Dowd. The B-side featured the track "Ready Now".

Stewart had one more hit single from the album entitled What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So In Love With You), which reached #3 in the UK and #35 in the U.S.

In the launch year of MTV (1981), the station had few American videos to choose from. This gave some British pop stars more exposure as they were more active in creating music videos. Rod Stewart was one such act who gained a lot of exposure on the channel in the early years.

baby Jane UK 7 Inch Red Vinyl Sleeve Front (W9608)- Rod Stewart

UK 7 inch vinyl sleeve front

Chart Performance

"Baby Jane" entered the UK singles chart at No.37 on 29th May 1983 and spent 14 weeks in the UK Top 100. It reached No.1 on 26th June, where it remained for 3 weeks.
The single reached No.1 on Belgium's Ultratop 50, the Irish Singles Chart, South Afrrica's Springbok Radio chart, Spain's main chart (by Phonographic and Videographic Association of Spain) and the Official German Chart. It was also a top 5 hit in many other countries including France (#2), Switzerland (#2), Austria (#3) and Sweden (#3). 

Songwriters: Jay David, Rod Stewart

Producers: Rod Stewart, Tom Dowd

Co Producers: George Tukko, Jim Gregan

Record Label: Warner Bros


UK 7 Inch Vinyl Single - Warner Bros - W9608

A. Baby Jane - 4:39

B. Ready Now - 3:32

UK 12" Vinyl Single - W9608T

A. Baby Jane-4:39

B1. Ready Now - 3:32

B2. If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right) (Live Version) - 6:11

Rod Stewart

12 Inch vinyl sleeve front

Rod Stewart
Rod on stage in 1981